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Cimarone Wine Le Clos Secret

Wine reviews seem to be widey prevalent with a variance of metrics as indicators for a wines quality. When a wine is worth buying, good or great, those are the only wines worthy of writing or discussing in my estimation. The other wine's simply should not be seen in my view. 

Cimarone 2010 Le Clos Secret is a wine worthy of drinking, buying, discussing, and yes posting here. This Bordeaux style is a seamless blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, and 5% Malbec from the Cimarone estate located in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara.

The 2010 Le Clos Secret just might be the best I have seen from the Cimarone winery to date. The wine has legendary synergy. It was made by the hand of Doug Margerum and blended by the current winemaker Andrew Murray. 

This is an impressive wine that showed black currant, clove, anise, eucalyptus and yes even a touch of bacon. I never thought I'd use this known wine descriptor, and might even be embarrassed to use it, but I did pick up pencil lead. Above all else, this blend was beautifully balanced and seamless.

Many other wineries might offer this thoroughbred for $75 or more, but it is sold through the winery at an amazing value $39.99. No scores from me, but I would say this winner would be an easy steal for $60.